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Mount Hood: Old Chute
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Mount Hood: Old Chute


Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.38929°N / 121.70109°W

Object Title: Mount Hood: Old Chute

Date Climbed/Hiked: Feb 7, 2016

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Winter


Page By: insatiabletourist

Created/Edited: Feb 18, 2016 / Feb 18, 2016

Object ID: 965951

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Sweaty climb up the Old Chute

Compared with our climb at the end of March, this trip up Mount Hood was a different beast altogether.  The old chute has formed completely differently this year and we were both left wishing we had two tools with us during the descent.  It was shockingly warm and we moved as quickly as possible from the hogsback over to the base of the final stretch of climbing.  Although the snow was in excellent shape when we reached it, the terrain was, in places, 50 degrees with short stretches that allowed us to rest briefly while climbers ahead of us climbed through the rimey chutes that guarded the summit. 

We actually got some GoPro footage (on accident) of the climb up the old chute as well as some of the traversing section coming back down toward the hogsback.  Hopefully, we'll get that edited and posted shortly so you can have a better idea of what conditions were like.

We chose a different path for the descent and decided to come down the furthest west chute (climber's left, skier's right) of the old chute (so many chutes!) in order to help avoid dropping unecessary amounts of ice and rime on top of climbers who were just beginning their ascent. This chute, however, was steeper than the one we'd chosen for the ascent and we did end up facing into the slope to downclimb through sections.

For additional information, including previous trip reports for Hood or info on other cascade volcanoes, check out our site: http://www.mountainrefugees.com/


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